1) Introduction: The previous four seasons for Jordy Nelson alternated from bad, to good, to bad, to good. This year the Packers were looking for more consistency from Nelson by having him stay healthy and for him to fully take the reigns of being the number one receiver on the team he had shown he can be.
- Age: 29
- Born: 5/31/1985 in Manhattan, KS
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 217
- College: Kansas St.
- Rookie Year: 2008
- NFL Experience: 7 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Jordy came into the season as the expected leader of the Green Bay Packers’ wide receivers and the guy Aaron Rodgers could depend on. Before the season started Jordy signed a 4-year $39 million contract extension, making him paid to be the number one receiver everyone expected him to be.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Highlights? HIGHLIGHTS?! Yeah, Jordy had those. He had 13 of them, the second most in the NFL. Nelson also finished fourth in the NFL in receiving yards. His ability to get open for long touchdowns is uncanny. Nelson had seven games this season with touchdowns of at least 45 yards. His only real low-light of the season came against Buffalo. The Packers as a whole had an off day against Buffalo but it is Nelson’s drop on what would have likely been a 95 yard touchdown, likely winning the Packers the game and giving them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, that stands out. It’s tough to pin a loss on one play, but that was a big one.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Nelson is Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver and a very good one at that. He led the team in touchdowns, yards, receptions, and targets. Nelson also produced the second highest passer rating in the NFL on passes thrown his way this year. He plays a huge role in this offense and it is hard to imagine the passing offense being close to where they were this year without him. His hands and his ability to adjust to the ball are uncanny and allow Rodgers to take chances by putting the ball in spot only where Nelson can catch it.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: In the playoffs Jordy was simply, “meh.” Against Dallas he only had two receptions on five targets for 22 yards and producing no touchdowns. One of the two catches was one hell of a catch for a first down however. Against Seattle Jordy continued to show that Rodgers puts his trust in him. 77 of Rodgers 178 yards went to Jordy, as well as 8 of his 34 passes. However, again, Nelson was held out of the end zone and got held up at the line for half of a second too long which caused what looked like and easy touchdown to go off his fingertips.
7) Intangibles: Jordy and Rodgers are on the same page, at the line of scrimmage they seemingly can use telepathy to communicate what they want to do. It’s weird. You can’t put a price on that. When the best quarterback in the NFL is on your team and you have a receiver that makes him comfortable and has a knack for being able to make big plays, he has all the intangibles he needs. Deceptive speed, great hands, big play ability, and trust from his quarterback is what Jordy brings to the table. It doesn’t hurt that Jordy also seems to fit the mold of a Packers player in that he stays relatively low-key and appears to more about the team than himself.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(A) Level of expectations met during the season
(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: A
Even though he had an uneventful playoffs, it his hard to give Jordy anything but an A for the season he had.——————
Mike Reuter lives in the Twin Cities and is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas. He is a mobile tech enthusiast, a 19 year Gopher Football season ticket holder and a huge Packers fan. Mike is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @uofmike.